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Changes at the top? Seek out trusted lieutenants

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If a new CEO or senior executive takes over and vows to “shake things up,” don’t fret. While it’s wise to plan for upheaval by quietly job-hunting, also use the internal turmoil to your advantage. Here’s how:

Identify the new leader’s most trusted aide. This No. 2 person can influence who stays and who goes. Get to know this lieutenant by introducing yourself and offering to help during the transition. Say, “I’d like to help you and your boss have a positive impact here.”

Pounce on any assignments, exceed expectations and earn the newcomer’s trust.

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